The Canada-US game was, partly, a battle of goalies. But, it was also a matter of statistics. Canada outshot the US by about 2 to 1, which meant that they had a better chance of putting one in the net. The one goal was a nice one, so no one can claim that the victory was not deserved.
In case anyone failed to find humor in the game, this happened elsewhere. Check out the below link...
Here is a line from an article by Gail Collins of the New York Times:
“...the United States is the only country outside of South Sudan and Somalia that has failed to ratify the U.N. convention on children’s rights.”
This basically displays what is wrong with the current US government. These are just the kind of country one wants to be allied with.
The following headline caught my attention. The accompanying article, although disturbing, is not surprising. This explains why wingnut politicians, talk radio blowhards, and Fox News idiots find so much traction with voters.
I have no hope that these numbers will improve. On the contrary, dumbing down will continue, as if this were a government policy. If not the entire government, then the Republican bits.
I want to re-visit two statements that I have made in the past. First, most are aware that only a stupid person never changes his or her mind. Of course, stupid people do not understand or are not aware of this wisdom. Second, I have pointed out that women should not play ice hockey.
I am not admitting to either stupidity or changing my mind, but I do want to say something positive about women’s hockey. I still believe that this is not a sport for “girls”, but I have been impressed by the skating and stick-handling skills of the players I’ve seen at the Sochi Games. I enjoy watching the games, because they remind me of good college hockey of my youth. I do not like the overly physical state of the game at the professional level, so the more technical style of the women’s game, where body checking is not allowed, is far more pleasing. This is not unlike my opinion about women’s soccer.
The Canada-USA game was excellent hockey. Either team could have won. This was a preview of the (expected) final match-up.
I watched a program on BBC about the Everly Brothers. Their songs would be on the soundtrack of my youth, if anyone would foolish enough to produce such a boring film. I had two thoughts (among many):
Anyone with a bit of knowledge of history will know about US involvement in changing the democratically elected government in Iran to the dictatorship of the Shah. Having a government helpful to the US and its allies--in this case the British--is more important that the will of a country’s people. It seems that the Iranians wanted to profit from their oil and not give it to the British Navy, so a government change was needed.
This seems to be what is happening again in the Ukraine. A democratically elected government (I will not make a value judgment on this government, only that it was elected by a larger percentage voters than George Bush) is now being attacked by outside forces. The United States is trying to “midwife” a change to a government more friendly to the West. Opposition groups are not fighting against oppression, as they are in Syria, but against a group of elected officials they do not agree with. This is not unlike Republicans taking to the streets to attack Obama. I can make one prediction: whatever government the US installs will not be better/more successful/popular. But, some people will make profits...
Is it any wonder that more and more people around the world hate the United States? The government preaches democracy, yet tries to overthrow elected governments and sides with dictators over freedom fighters for financial gain of their friends.
And, imagine what the US Government would say if Russia became involved/supported in a drive by Quebec to succeed from Canada...
Finally, someone has pointed out reality about the United States, which I have known for thirty years. From a piece in Time:
Biden said that if one blindfolded a person and took them to Hong Kong’s airport and asked where they were, they would reply: “This must be America, it’s a modern airport.” On the other hand, he said, “if I took you and blindfolded you and took you to LaGuardia Airport in New York you must think, ‘I must be in some third world country.’”
I was amused to read and hear about US journalists complaining about having their computers/phones hacked upon arriving in Russia to cover the Olympic Games. These are people that live with daily spying by the US Government and do not complain. I guess it’s easier to criticize a foreign country than one’s own, especially when it’s the “enemy”.
Of course, now that the Olympic Games are upon us, the time has returned for stupid people (ie. Fox News talking heads, as well as some on other networks) to talk about something they know little about. I hear the dumbest comments about the Olympics, which people accept without questions. Having spent many years working with the Olympic Games and the Olympic Committee, I know a bit about past games. I am less informed about recent developments, but I can watch with a learned eye and judge the comments made by people trying to sound intelligent.
And, in case you did not know, the Winter Games need snow only at the ski venues. Snow is not needed in the town, where all sports take place indoors. In fact, it is more pleasant for spectators to move around. I recall hurrying from one building to the next in -27 degree temperatures in Lillehammar; I would have preferred Sochi weather.
Another amusing issue concerns yogurt. It seems that American athletes will not have their usual brand (which surely paid for the privelege) because “US Department of Agriculture has refused to provide a certificate that is required to import dairy products...”. I worked for a company that provided gear for many national olympic teams, all of which wanted to import special dietary elements into the United States for the Atlanta Games. Do you think any received permission to import food? No chance, not even with a certificate. At least the Russians have rules allowing certain products...if you are not too arrogant to balk at following other countries’ rules. Try showing up at a US airport with a pot of yogurt...
This morning, I noticed a piece in one of the “newspapers” about the Chrysler ad aired during Super Bowl.
Dylan might be a great poet, but his latest effort indicates that he might be off his game. Or treading on unfamiliar ground. Or selling out to corporate strategists. He should stick with poetry and leave marketing hype to others.
According to the article, the ad included the following line:
"Let Germany brew your beer, let Switzerland make your watch, let Asia assemble your phone. We will build your car."
Perhaps, Mr. Dylan should try a German car. I have tried Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors automobiles. Not only is German beer better, but the cars are, too. And, not only does Budweiser make some of the world’s worst beer, their ads are stupid.
I dislike the evolution (if only it were backwards develop!) of American English language. This became evident at the hotel in the Maldives, where American culture and English has a (negative) impact on much of the staff. Many are from the US colony of Philippines, which produces most the the domestic staff hotel staff for Asia. The country also produces a great deal of US hospital staff, because doctors can make more as a nurse or technician than they do at home.
Anyways, this became evident during a conversation with the girl taking room service orders. Because I did not understand her greeting, I wanted to confirm that I had the right number. The conversation went as follows:
“Yes, Mr. Thomas.” (Typical greeting in much of Asia).
“I would like one club sandwich.”
“Absolutely, Mr. Thomas.”
This threw me a bit, but I recovered quickly, recalling that this is the way stupid American girls butcher the language.
“Uh, and, one coke.”
“Definitely, Mr. Thomas. Let me repeat your order.”
Absolutely? Definitely? What about “Okay”...or “Yes”?
I do not blame the girl. She cannot help picking up bad English from trash US television programs. And, television writers listen to the garbage spoken on the street and at schools, where language is not a priority. Confucius said something about the importance of getting language correct. Too bad Americans never studied The Analects.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.